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After vandals strike harbor, new calls for cameras
Smashed windows are a rare occurrence in Kodiak’s harbors, but a recent act of vandalism is renewing calls for video surveillance on the city’s working waterfront. Just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday night, boat owner Kiril Basargin was awoken by a late-night phone call from the captain of his boat, the Ocean Ranger. Returning from shore, the captain found the portside window of the Ocean Ranger smashed and the cabin in...
Feb 26, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Volunteer history detectives fill in the blanks of Alaska history
Kodiak and Karluk are separated by 79 miles and a mountain range. On Monday afternoon in the Kodiak College library, a dozen history detectives poured over a 130-year-old letter, deciphering the handwriting and trying to answer the question — was that word Kodiak or Karluk? It’s more than an academic question. Over the next two months, these volunteers will participate in the largest crowdsourced history project i...
Feb 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Man wielding ice scraper arrested as burglar
A Kodiak man is accused of entering multiple homes while wielding an ice scraper. Ronald Singleton, 60, was arraigned in Kodiak district court on Friday on one count of first-degree burglary and one count of first-degree criminal trespassing. The burglary charge is a class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. According to court documents, a man returned home on Feb. 21, and found Singleton inside his ...
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Hope will soon move to new location
Hope Community Resources, Kodiak’s largest supporter of the disabled, is preparing to move into a bigger building that gives the organization room to grow. Hope’s new home is the building that formerly housed Castle Rock Art and Supplies on Mill Bay Road. The biggest reason for the move is to give Hope more space to create additional programs, said Michelle Dakai, director of Hope Community Resources in Kodiak. “W...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Meth spike prompts questions
Brook Crow has been clean of methamphetamine for close to three years. Three years ago, that would have been hard to believe. In her early twenties, Crow was offered a line of meth while working as a bartender. It soon became a part of her regular life. “I was using when I was working and sleeping on my days off,” she said. “I was ditching my kids because I needed sleep. I really needed this drug to get me through...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Holland American returns to Kodiak
Last week, Holland America announced it will return regular cruise service to Kodiak starting in 2014. The 1,380-passenger Amsterdam will make five stops in Kodiak, injecting a big dose of tourism business into the Kodiak economy. Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord said by phone on Wednesday that demand for a 14-day cruise across the Gulf of Alaska — and to Kodiak — is why the cruise line is returning. “Peopl...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Death penalty could be sought in CG murder case
Alaska doesn’t have a death penalty, but James Wells could face federal death penalty charges for allegedly killing Coast Guardsmen Richard Belisle and James Hopkins. In a press conference after Wells’ arraignment on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler announced that all of the charges Wells faces are death penalty eligible. Wells faces two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of murdering a federal employe...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak schools await solid budget
With just over two months remaining before its budget is due, the Kodiak Island Borough school district faces a $2 million gap between revenue and expenses — and that figure is expected to grow before it shrinks. On Monday night, schools finance director Lisa Pearce told the Kodiak school board that anticipated federal cutbacks, no increases from the state and rising costs mean the district is being financially sq...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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More Tsunami debris expected on Kodiak's shores
Tsunami debris has already started appearing on Kodiak’s shores, and more is expected to appear in the near future. In a Thursday brown bag science lecture at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Tom Pogson, director of marine programs at Island Trails Network, discussed the threat Alaska faces from the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. “We don’t really know how much is out there, and just the f...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Navy boss stops in Kodiak on Asia trip
Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, visited Kodiak this week as part of a tour of naval bases in the Pacific Rim. Mabus, who arrived on Saturday afternoon, met with SEALs training at the Naval Special Warfare Center on Spruce Cape before heading to Korea on Monday. “It was a fairly brief stop; we were scheduled to be there less than 24 hours, and because of weather conditions ended up staying,” said Capt. Pamela...
Feb 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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